Only optimistic things to love this week.
One: … but not the Dog: On Rafael Mantissa’s thirtieth birthday, his wife left him. She took their cookware, their furniture, their photos, the lot. She left Rafael alone in an empty all-white apartment. The only thing she didn’t take was their bull terrier, whom she’d named after her favorite shoe designer: Jimmy Choo.
With only Jimmy for company, Rafael found inspiration in his blank walls and his best friend and started snapping photos of Jimmy Choo as he trotted and cavorted around the house in glee.
One day Jimmy collapsed in happy exhaustion next to the white wall and on a whim Rafael grabbed a marker and drew a new world around his ginger-eared pup. He posted the whimsical drawings on Instagram attracting the attention of Jimmy Choo Creative Director, Sandra Choi who commissioned Rafato create a series of fun, tongue-in-cheek illustrations to decorate a selection of Jimmy Choo accessories. Isn’t that just lovely? For more of the story see Jimmythebull.
Two: Consent as explained by a cup of tea: Thames Valley Police came up with this piece of whimsy to get through to the locals.
Three: “Do what you can with what you have where you are”: Teddy Roosevelt’s sage advice and my motto. Over the past 13 years Jia Wenqi and Jia Haixia have planted 10,000 trees around Yeli Village (N-E China), an area that was once was covered in nothing but rocks and weeds. They can’t afford new saplings, so they take cuttings from existing trees. In itself an incredible achievement. Even more so when you realise that Haixa is completely blind and Wenqi is a double arm-amputee. “Just ask a normal person to work with his arms in his pockets, like Wenqi!” Haixia said. “We handicapped people have an endurance that normal people don’t possess.” via themindunleashed
Four: Giving yourself a break – the ever generous Charles Barsotti.
Five: Finding you Kindness in the everyday. We started the week with Ram Dass’ quote …. we are all just walking each other home. This piece on how a moment of kindness became all inclusive seemed the perfect way to end a good week. (via David Kanigan. By Naomi Shihab Nye)
(PS: I can’t wait for the Peanuts movie.)